Queen ready to 'forgive' Meghan and Harry as faith in Sussexes drops
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year stunned the world. They made several explosive claims including a suggestion of racism within the Royal Family. A new chapter of an unofficial biography suggests frustration from the Sussexes over the approach – or lack thereof – the claims were dealt with.
During the interview, the couple spoke of “concerns and conversations” from within the Firm over the skin tone of their son Archie prior to his birth in 2019.
Harry told Oprah: “That conversation, I am never going to share.
“At the time, it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.”
They refused to name the royal who made the alleged comments.
The Duchess of Sussex also admitted she had also battled mental health issues since joining the Firm, including suicidal thoughts.
A Buckingham Palace statement, on the Queen’s behalf, shortly after the interview, said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.”
Yet Harry and Meghan’s recollections of events did not go down entirely well with everyone.
Ann Widdecombe spoke to talkRADIO at the time.
Asked if she thought British institutions, not just the royals, were racist, she fired back.
“No, that is absolute rot. If anything it goes entirely the other way. I do not think it is racist.
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“On the Meghan and Harry interview, can you imagine a court case where the jury only heard the prosecution in which there was no cross-examination and the jury was then invited to convict?”
She added: “This is what has happened with this interview.”
TalkRADIO host Patrick Christys seemed to echo Ms Widdecombe’s opinions.
He said: “It’s true. It seems that we have just got to believe Harry, there’s no choice.”
A new chapter of ‘Finding Freedom’, an unofficial biography for the couple by royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, notes Meghan and Harry’s reaction to the Palace statement.
The book quotes a “close source” of the couple, who were reportedly unimpressed with the monarch’s “recollections may vary” response to their racism claim.
Meghan’s pal added: “Months later and little accountability has been taken. How can you move forward with that?”
The Sussexes have insisted throughout that they had not collaborated with Mr Scobie and Ms Durand.
They have frequently reiterated that the authors of the book do not speak for them.
However, Meghan admitted in court documents last year that she did give information to the authors through an intermediary.
The Telegraph said the Sussexes have not yet been sent a copy of the new chapter, due for release on August 31.
Harry yesterday made his first public appearance since going on paternity leave after the birth of their second child Lilibet in June. A keen sportsman, he hosted the annual Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Colorado.
He announced a commitment to a $1.5million donation to the charity, which will come from the proceeds of his tell-all memoir, set for release in 2022.
Finding Freedom is available to buy here. An updated version will be released on August 31.
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